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Take a sleigh to dinner at Allie’s Cabin

By Heather Hower
EAT Magazine

Taking a sleigh to dinner is right out of a fairy tale. Add in the snow lazily falling down, cuddling under blankets under an open sky and the anticipation for what lies ahead, and the journey to Allie's Cabin, is almost too much to bear. It gets even better, though, upon arrival.

Allie's Cabin, one of Beaver Creeks' three famed private, on-mountain fine dining cabins welcomes foodies of all ages. Step from the snow globe outside and slide into a cozy pair of slippers, readying for a culinary adventure.

This year, Allie's Cabin is once again hosting its very popular Family Dinners. Mostly known for its atmosphere of rustic, intimate elegance and five-course wine dinners, Allie's has opened its doors to allow families to spend quality time together. It's a chance to reconnect with one another, relive the memories from the day spent on the slopes and to simply enjoy a meal as a family. No need to shush the little ones; let them celebrate the occasion too.

While adults are treated to a three-course meal, children can tempt their taste buds with a buffet dinner from Executive Chef Kirk Weems.

"It's built around the kids," Allie's General Manager Bob Battle says. "It's a kids' buffet so we focus on kid-friendly food. Both Chef Weems and I are parents, so we try to blend a little bit of what our kids want with what our wives want our kids to eat on that buffet."

There's something about cozying up to the glowing floor-to-ceiling fireplace while gazing at the twinkling lights of Beaver Creek Village at the base of the mountain that makes dinner taste all the better.

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Thursday Night Wine Dinners

It's not only fun and games at Allie's Cabin, though. The cozy cabin embodies a romantic atmosphere like no other. When adults need to escape the everyday, Allie's Cabin responds with its Wine Dinners. The Wine Dinners are a five-course celebration of good wine, good company, carefully prepared regional fare, all enhanced by the fireworks display over Beaver Creek Village.
Sometimes the fireworks happen at the beginning of the evening, as guests watch with a glass of bubbly in hand. As the season progresses, the light display gets a little later to accommodate the lengthening days, meaning some nights it happens in the middle of dinner.

"The winery-focused dinners are for those who want to spend a slow, casual evening enjoying good food and wine as we believe they're meant to be blended," Battle says. "And, you get to enjoy one of the coolest fireworks shows that I think you'll ever see. I think this dinner is one of the best experiences available."

Wineries featured at the Wine Dinners are carefully selected, with the featured wines then paired with an incredible classic contemporary meal created by Chef Weems. It promises to be a culinary gourmet experience unlike any other — a made-to-order evening of romance, extravagance and culinary enthusiasm.

At Allie's Cabin, the journey is just as much the reward as the destination.

Allie's Cabin Family Dinners are hosted every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday night through April. Dinners are also offered Saturday, December 22 and 29; January 19.
Allie's Cabin Wine Dinners are offered every Thursday throughout the season and feature a different winery each week. Reservations required.

If you go …
What: Allie’s Cabin, a cozy and intimate restaurant on Beaver Creek Mountain.
Cost: Featured wine dinners start at $165 per person; Family dinners are $85 for adults and $39 for children.
Signature dish: Varies each evening.
More information: Call 970.754.5545 or visit beavercreek.com.